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Top 10 Move Forward Music Moments of 2016

December 29, 2016 1:20 pm

We promised to bring you more in 2016 and we did just that! Check out some of our favorite parties and concerts that we were a part of this year. We’ve continued to produce a ton of artists’ debut performances in the Big Apple (Noname, Lil Yachty, Cousin Stizz, Kamaiyah, Saba to name a few) and celebrated one year of some pretty epic parties that will be back in 2017. Look out for more “Drake Nights”, more “Back to Life” parties, more editions of our new venture with Boilerroom “The Remedy”, and many more concerts, like 6lack’s sold out NYC debut on January 17th, 3 nights of Isaiah Rashad January 31st-February 2nd, Kodie Shane at Knitting Factory February 19th!

Happy New Year!

10. D.R.A.M. Opens 2016 with GahDamn! at Santos


D.R.A.M. has had quite a year, and we saw it coming. In January, well before his splendid Big Baby album dropped, we brought the VA rapper/singer came to the now-shuttered Santos Party Haus (RIP) and he made a strong statement. We stacked the bill with the Awful Records singer, Abra, who put out a stellar album herself this year, and NY local favorite Jadon, who also had a relative breakout in 2016. It was no wonder to us that Santos closed, as the doors to the D.R.A.M. show had to be delayed an hour because there was no running water in the building. It didn’t stop D.R.A.M.’s flow though. Read about it via Artsy.


9. Desiigner brings out the pandas at No Ceilings SXSW

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SXSW is our favorite time of year, and in 2016 we brought the Pigeons & Planes’ No Ceilings showcase to Austin for the second time. An incredible and eclectic bill that featured Smino, Hinds and Sevdaliza, Desiigner came out with a ton of energy and brought along some Panda friends for his massive hit. At the time, he was the only artist whose set list and lyrics to his hit song were the same: Panda, Panda, Panda. But the kid’s energy is so infectious, his dab so dangerous, you couldn’t help but be enthralled every time he shouted out his favorite black & white bear cub. Read more at Pigeons and Planes.


8. Lil Yachty first time in NYC at Marlin Room at Webster Hall


We’re not sure anyone had a better year than the captain of the Sailing Team, Lil Boat himself. With the help of our friend Shabazz at Electric Circus, we brought Lil Yachty to NYC for the first time when most people thought he was just a fly-by-night curio. The New York Times recognized the show as an important moment, and Yachty’s success in 2016 proved right. Read more via NY Times.


7. Aminé debuts “Caroline” Rough Trade

“Caroline” is one of the best rap songs of the year, and we had to bring Aminé to NYC for the first time. Not only did he debut his hit, but he performed unreleased songs off his new album that make us think he is the guy to watch out for in 2017. Watch the video.

6. Little Simz sells out Rough Trade Back To Life Presents Little Simz with Melo-X & Pauli The PSM

King Simbi made our album of the year list for 2016, but we have been bringing her to NYC since last year. The British MC is one of our favorites and her Brooklyn show at Rough Trade was her first official sell out in NYC. Listen to Little Simz new album “Stillness in Wonderland”.


5. Amir Obé sells out 2 nights at Baby’s All Right

Amir Obé demonstrated impeccable professionalism & an undeniable connection to his fans in his first headline show in Brooklyn, where he resides (by way of Detroit). Not only did he sell out back-to-back nights at Baby’s All Right, his team rented out the venue days in advance for rehearsals to make sure he gave an unforgettable show for his fans. And he delivered. Watch the video.


4. Idris Elba pops up at Back to Life


We started Back to Life with Khalil Asmall and Pauli Lovejoy as a way to highlight London music and bring fans of the scene and British expats together in NYC. We’ve had guests such as Kindness, Daniel Bedingfield, Lady LeShurr, Darq E. Freaker and more but no moment was quite as powerful as when 007 himself Idris Elba stopped by for an impromptu surprise DJ set alongside legendary producer Just Blaze. Check out the Photos. Back to Life returns January 7th.


3. So Far Gone: Drake Night “Views From the Ship”


So Far Gone: Drake Night sold out Baby’s All Right 10 months in a row this year, and one of those months was on a 170-foot, 600 capacity luxury yacht. We had the Drake photobooth on board, visuals pumping throughout a half dozen screens on two levels and Drake cupcakes for the munchies. Plus, Dirty South Joe, Gun$ Garcia and Magglezzz playing Drizzy all night as we sailed the Hudson. It was one of the most fun nights we’ve had this year. Check the photos. So Far Gone is back on Sunday night, January 1st!


2. Dave East brings out Nas at Highline Ballroom

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Dave East staked his claim as New York’s new kingpin this October with his Kairi Chanel album release party. Not only did the Harlem rapper put on a killer show of his own, but he brought out the city’s hip-hop royalty, Cam’Ron, Fabolous, and Nas to pass him the crown. Check out the full recap here.


1. The Remedy launches with Young M.A

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We put more work into The Remedy than any other event this year, and the pay off was BIG. The new live-steamed monthly collaboration with featured a breakout performance by Young M.A. We’ve been supporting Young M.A since last year and this was our third show with her in 2016, but it was the most special, somewhat of a coronation for the girl who had the world saying “Ooouuu” all summer. The night was livestreamed and you can check out the archive here. Check out the full recap video on IG.

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